07 Nov '11, 8pm

Prius of bicycles switches gears based on your brain waves!

Prius of bicycles switches gears based on your brain waves!

It's hard not to be a little sceptical of another concept bicycle that adds gee-whiz features that will cost a lot and do little to entice normal people to ride their bikes for transportation. So the Prius X Parlee bicycle (PXP) is hard to like at first glance - it's a sleek (i.e. designed for technie types) carbon bike (i.e. expensive) that requires you to wear a sleek, very sporty helmet in order for the cycle to read your brainwaves and learn to automatically shift gears for you. But then again, Toyota funded the prototype to be a bike version of a Prius, according to the Christian Science Monitor . Perhaps they are onto something. "This was purely a prototype concept," Patrick Miller of Deeplocal (designer of the digital portion of the prototype) told the CSM . And, he said: "in general, neurocontrol things will become more commonplace in the tech world." Now Parlee , ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/toyota-designs-bike-to-re...

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